Barbara Romain earned a BFA degree from the Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Barbara’s paintings are widely exhibited and she has been the recipient of multiple-year Artist in Residence awards from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the California Arts Council. Barbara is currently a Professor the Columbia College Hollywood School of Film & Television. Barbara’s paintings explore the weaving of words and symbols including texts quoted from a variety of sources such as songs, headlines, junk mail, fortune cookies, and works of literature, as well as original texts that explore her personal experiences and streams of consciousness.
For a painter the world is a feast for the eyes. I was diagnosed with a retinal degenerative disease in 1984, and became legally blind. I had already been a painter for several years. I questioned my ability to continue painting, and slowly transformed my thinking and techniques to incorporate my physical limitations as an integral part of my work. Now, I am inspired less by what I see and more by what I hear remember and imagine.— Barbara Romain